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Health Science at Skyline College

The mission of the Health Science program is to equip Skyline College students with the knowledge, skills and modes of critical inquiry necessary to fulfill a lifetime of optimal health and well-being for themselves, their families, their communities and the world in which we all live.

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Career Outlook

Courses in the health sciences prepare students for careers and advanced coursework in healthcare, allied health and public health as well as providing the skyline community with foundational instruction in personal and community health. Students will be able to establish critical frameworks for interrogating and understanding factors influencing personal, community and environmental health.

Courses in Health Science can build toward a degree that can support a wide variety of careers both within healthcare and the sciences.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.

Looking for a list of classes offered this semester?

Check out the current class schedule.

All Courses

HSCI 100 General Health Science (3 units)

A broad and comprehensive survey of factors that influence individual and community health. Examines the interaction between personal health choices & behaviors, social determinants of health and environmental influences in community and personal health. Topics include chronic diseases, health disparities, mental health, drugs & addiction, stress management, sexual health, nutrition, exercise, healthcare systems & services, alternative medicine, grief & loss, and environmental health.

HSCI 130 Human Sexuality (3 units)

Students explore and expand their understanding about the biological, interpersonal and sociocultural dimensions of sex and sexuality. Topics include: anatomy and physiology; psychosexual development; attraction, dating & relationships; gender expression; sexual orientations; pregnancy, childbirth & parenting; contraceptive methods; sexually transmitted infections; pleasure, arousal & sexual behavior; sexual violence & exploitation; commercial sex work; myths & misconceptions; and communication skills.

HSCI 135 Introduction to Public Health (3 units)

Provides an introduction to the discipline of Public Health. Students will gain an understanding of the basic concepts, movements, accomplishments and functions of public health. Topics include the epidemiology of infectious and chronic disease; prevention and control of diseases; social determinants of health; health equity and disparities; community organizing and health promotion; environmental health and safety; global health; and healthcare policy and management.

HSCI 180 Gateway to Health Careers (3 units)

Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career classes.

HSCI 314 Health, Safety and Nutrition for Young Children (3 units)

Introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies, procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health safety and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health and safety for both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. Focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children. Also listed as ECE 314.

HSCI 484 Medical Terminology (3 units)

Designed to give students a basic background in medical terminology as used by medical transcriptionists, court reporters, law related occupations, and allied health occupations. The prefixes, roots, and suffixes of commonly used medical words are presented. Proper names of anatomical structures and their relationship to each other are covered by body system. Also listed as MEDA 484.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Identify factors influencing human health including factors related to public policy, socioeconomics, and the environment that contribute to health disparities and leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
  • Develop strategies for initiating and/or maintaining activities that promote health through individual behavior, civic/community engagement, and/or environmental stewardship
  • Perform the duties expected of specific roles in the health care workforce with proficiency commensurate with training.
  • Critically evaluate popular and scientific literature and other media for its significance and impact on individual and public health.
Office Information
Location: Building 7
Email: wongta@smccd.edu
Phone: (650) 738-4310
Fall 2022 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
HSCI 100 - 80461 - General Health Education
HSCI 100 GENERAL HEALTH SCIENCE (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A broad and comprehensive survey of factors that influence individual and community health. Examines the interaction between personal health choices & behaviors, social determinants of health, and environmental influences in community and personal health. Topics include chronic diseases, health disparities, mental health, drugs and addiction, stress management, sexual health, nutrition, exercise, healthcare systems and services, alternative medicine, grief and loss, and environmental health. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E1).

M W 11:10am-12:30pm Woods, D
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
HSCI 130 - 83136 - Human Sexuality
HSCI 130 HUMAN SEXUALITY (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Students explore and expand their understanding about the biological, interpersonal and socio-cultural dimensions of sex and sexuality. Topics include anatomy and physiology; psychosexual development; dating and relationships; gender expression; sexual orientations; pregnancy, childbirth and parenting; contraceptive methods; sexually transmitted infections; pleasure, arousal and sexual behavior; sexual violence and exploitation; commercial sex work; myths and misconceptions; and communication skills. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E1).

TBA Holland, C
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
HSCI 180 - 96346 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

W 6:00pm-9:00pm Chen, J
Evening Class   CLOSED HSCI 180 - 96346 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

W 6:00pm-9:00pm Chen, J
Evening Class   CLOSED HSCI 180 - 96346 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

W 6:00pm-9:00pm Chen, J
Evening Class   CLOSED HSCI 180 - 96346 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

W 6:00pm-9:00pm Chen, J
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
HSCI 180 - 96346 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

TBA Chen, J
IN
PROGRESS
HSCI 180 - 96783 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

W 6:00pm-9:00pm Gerrish, H
CLOSED HSCI 180 - 96783 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

W 6:00pm-9:00pm Gerrish, H
CLOSED HSCI 180 - 96783 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

W 6:00pm-9:00pm Gerrish, H
CLOSED HSCI 180 - 96783 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

W 6:00pm-9:00pm Gerrish, H
IN
PROGRESS
HSCI 180 - 96783 - Gateway to Health Careers
HSCI 180 GATEWAY TO HEALTH CAREERS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture.
Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career courses. Also listed as EMC. 180. Transfer credit: CSU.

TBA Gerrish, H
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
HSCI 484 - 96209 - Medical Terminology


HSCI 484 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Designed to give students a basic background in medical terminology as used by medical transcriptionists, court reporters, law related occupations, and allied health occupations. The prefixes, roots, and suffixes of commonly used medical words are presented. Proper names of anatomical structures and their relationship to each other are covered by body system. Also listed as BUS. 485. Transfer credit: CSU.

TBA Holland, C
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
HSCI 484 - 97514 - Medical Terminology


HSCI 484 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Designed to give students a basic background in medical terminology as used by medical transcriptionists, court reporters, law related occupations, and allied health occupations. The prefixes, roots, and suffixes of commonly used medical words are presented. Proper names of anatomical structures and their relationship to each other are covered by body system. Also listed as BUS. 485. Transfer credit: CSU.

TBA Hernandez, C

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Tammy Wong
Tammy Wong (STEM Division Program Services Coordinator)
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Nadia Tariq
Nadia Tariq (Program Services Coordinator - Respiratory Care)
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John Elia
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Christi Holland
Christi Holland (Adjunct Faculty)
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Paul Rueckhaus
Paul Rueckhaus (Professor)
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Shawna Whitney
Shawna Whitney (Adjunct Faculty )
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